As many as 3,137 polling booths will be set up in Kannur for the upcoming Assembly elections. There were 1,858 booths in the last Assembly polls. An additional 1,279 booths will be set up this time as per the Central Election Commission’s recommendation to divide the booths with more than a thousand voters in the wake of the pandemic situation, District Collector T.V. Subhash has said. Each booth will have five polling officials. With the addition of 1,279 booths, 20,000 officials will have to be deployed for polling duty alone, including 20 per cent reserve staff. In addition, more officers will have to deployed for the distribution of special postal ballots.